The purpose of Powerful Women of the Bay Awards is to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in their chosen career field: corporate/non profit/entrepreneurship or an elected or appointed position. This is awarded to a select group of women representing diversity for contributions they have made in their community to enrich the lives of others.

The Awards Luncheon celebrates women that are passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community. Our past honorees have included entrepreneurs, corporate executives and both community and civic leaders that have made major sacrifices to make a difference in their communities, that have contributed time and money to enrich the lives of others.


Partial proceeds from each luncheon benefit The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (TILE), a non profit organization created under the leadership of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA). TILE has refined its mission to emphasize the long-term goal of increasing the number of African American women in public leadership across California. This new focus is the impetus for a new initiative appropriately named Vision for Change.